Yeah but when were dealing with regular weather you can’t compare realistic dying of exposure in Antactrica with being cooked alive in an oven.
Fairer would be getting dropped into a cryotank of liquid nitrogen vs being dropped into a furnace. Either case you die very quickly albeit painfully.
Dying of exposure sounds bad either way. -20 F sounds pretty much equally fuckin miserable as dying of an extreme heat wave say 120F. In that both cases involve systems shutting down and your brain not understanding the signals it’s getting from the body. In fact I feel having a heat stroke and passing out is probably is less mentally taxing a way to go, as being hypothermic but still aware of how cold and sucky things are.
Obviously neither is ideal, go either way even a little bit outside the normal range and it goes bad fast. But warm weather is closer to where our bodies want to be and so I’d rather be in a place that overall on average is closer to the ideal temp.
Survival in a hot hot environment mostly requires shade, water, and maybe some way to develop some air circulation. Energy requirements are minimal just enough food to keep your body running.
In a cold environment you need more energy of some kind to keep your body temps up. More resources are needed.
So if stranded in the desert of Antarctica or the desert of Africa, I’d take my chances in Africa.
Seems the animal kingdom has evolved along similar logic.